Get tid of mices?


My mother's house is being taken over by mices (babies). We have put down commercial products but they keep coming.

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  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Oct 12, 2018
    Hi Lil. First of all you need to stop them from coming in. Go around the outside of the house and put calking in EVERY crack or opening no matter how small. Mice can get in the smallest places. Also check and calk around pipes under sinks. Good luck
    • Von Kaye Von Kaye on Oct 13, 2018

      also, put those rubber swiper strips along the bottom of the outside doors..and there is weather striping to put along the inside of the door frame

  • Em Em on Oct 12, 2018

    Good advice from Peggy. Block their entrances even pencil size holes. Set traps under sinks and in corners. Make sure not pet or child can get near the traps. Peanut butter, cheese and a strong piece of meat like salami work best. The traps are sold at Dollar stores for 4 for $1.00. Don't bother with the ones with the BIG yellow plastic pre-baited foot pads on them. Get the old fashioned ones with just the small 3/8" by 5/8" metal bait pad. SMASH the bait onto the pad tightly so the mouse has to FIGHT to get the food off and just use a tiny piece, pea sized. If bait is too loose the mouse will grab bait and run not getting caught. After you have baited the trap, learn how to set the traps gently with your fingers out of the way or it will hurt! If you use poison bait the mice can crawl inside the wall and die and smell horrible for weeks laying dead. Use traps. Use a disposable glove or paper towel to pick up dead mice and throw away. do not reuse traps as you run the chance of spreading disease they may carry. The traps only cost .25 cents a piece, throw them away.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 12, 2018

    You probably want to go with traps since it's a rather big problem. The advice above is great - fix the issues. They can't stand the smell of peppermint oil so to keep them at bay you can soak cotton balls with the oil. Re apply as the scent fades. There's a spray you can buy that works well for us on the farm when my husband bushhogs.

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 12, 2018

    Since mice can carry Hanta virus, and it sounds like you have an infestation at this point. I would call in a professional exterminator. Be very careful cleaning up any mice urine, wear gloves and a mask.

    All of the advice above is good for maintaining. Sealing your home to prevent critters and bugs from getting in, the areas to focus on are the foundation vents and any cracks or holes, the soffits up by the roof need to be sealed up, a chimney cap, and keep plants and trees cut back from the home cause mice do climb up.

  • Jer-Con Ohm Jer-Con Ohm on Oct 13, 2018

    Buy some Irish Spring soap bars and place them in various places inside your home. Make sure the bar is fully outside of the box.

    • Susan Susan on Oct 15, 2018

      You can also shred with a cheese grater and sprinkle around the home in the bushes or plants gardens etc. this helps with other critters as well.

  • Darlyne Hayes Darlyne Hayes on Oct 13, 2018

    All of the above is good advice. I’d like to add a go-to option that worked excellent at my uncle’s hunt camp. After returning to his camp in the Spring, the place was crawling with mice. In an out of the way place where mice would be actively passing through, he set up a clean 5-gal. paint pail, filled it with about 5” of water. Then he wiped with his fingers a peanut butter strip about 3 inches down from the top of the pail on the INSIDE all the way around to create a peanut butter circle. Next he put 3’ boards from the floor to the top of the pail (kind of a gang plank) (position more than one to let multiple mice access the pail top easily) to provide a way for mice to climb up and access the top of the pail. He estimated he had over 300 mice he took out of his hunt camp over the next month this way. Keep changing out the bucket water (wear disposable glove and disinfect the pail between disposing of mice) and dispose of the carcasses everyday if you had activity in it overnight. Obviously they drown. Dispose of the dead mice either buried in a hole or far away from your house, as they stink like the dickens when dead. This was my Uncle’s way of controlling mice and it worked for him. If it gets really ugly, please do call a professional. Disinfect every surface. They pee and poo everywhere. Good luck!

  • Bvd32307654 Bvd32307654 on Oct 13, 2018

    First of all look for and close up any holes or openings where they may be getting in to the house. Keep them out! Second get a cat or two! Natural mice catchers and great friends!

    Third clean up any pet food as soon as your pet eats, and make sure your food is in sturdy containers that mice can’t chew through. Put out mouse traps in the places the mice are likely to run through along and under cabinets and against walls. If you don’t like to empty the traps be sure to buy several so you can throw them away in a sturdy trash can when a mouse is caught then set some more. Dead mice attract more mice. If you use poison be sure to be safe about it if children are around. Find and dispose of the dead bodies. You’ll be able to smell a dead mouse! DON ‘T LEAVE THEM LYING around even if you are afraid to do it. Be brave! Use a stick or something to pick them up and dispose of them. Mice have babies pretty fast so keep at it till they are Under control

  • Joan Stanley Joan Stanley on Oct 13, 2018

    Close all enterences. They can come through a hole the size of a NICKEL! Wire is the only thing that will block them! I found they were coming in between the house foundation and the outer wall. I had to line the area all around the house with heavy wire fabric.

    Then place DeCon rat poison I areas cats and dogs cannot get to it; under the refrigerator, far back in corner cabinets. The DeCon will make them dehydrated and force them to leave to look for water. (Of course do not leave any food or water out!) That way they will not die in the house.

    Also clear out all paper. Bags, newspapers, etc.

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